IMBRA: International Marriage Broker Regulation Action and the K-1 Visa Process

In every K1 fiancée visa process, the foreign fiancé, while completing their recent application, must acknowledge that they have reviewed and understand the IMBRA pamphlet.

A link to the pamphlet can be found here: English IMBRA Pamphlet

The pamphlet is also available in other languages:

What is the purpose of IMBRA?

In 2005, the US government sought to protect women from being placed in dangerous positions and dangerous relationships.

Foreign Fiances immigrating to the US, enter an English-speaking country and leave behind friends and family. The risk of isolation is high, and when isolated, abuse may go undetected.

The US Government can foresee a high rate of abuse being likely from certain US Citizens with criminal pasts. Some common crimes that make a US Citizen ineligible to petition a Fiance are:

  • Homicide/murder/manslaughter
  • Crimes relating to a controlled substance or alcohol
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Stalking
  • Rape

What if I met my Fiance on an International Dating Site?

IMBRA regulations require the dating site to essentially:

  1. Provide the Criminal Record Check, Proof of Income, and Proof of Marital Status
  2. Prevent Men from contacting women, allowing the women to clearly choose



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